These three figures were released in 1984, not to be confused with the larger series of smaller 3.75" figures released by Kenner in 1982.
There was a second series planned for these 5.5" figures, but ultimately those were cancelled and Willie Scott and Short Round never made it past the prototype stage. There was also a prototype production piece made of some sort of train cart play set, but again never made it to retail.
These three figures have pretty fun and unique sculpts and and accessories while suffering from lack of articulation brought on by the play features that LJN seemed to think their toys needed at the time. Each figure has a lever on it's back that when pushed down would trigger their arm(s) to raise up and drop down when released to mimic whipping/axe-ing/staffing. This is the same sort of thing that most fans disliked about LJN's flagship toy line from the 80s; The Thundercats.
While this may have been good for commercials showing each toys action feature, it really did a disservice to the toy itself as half of the figure's play pattern was dictated for you ahead of time. What if I didn't want to have Giant Thuggee thrashing his axe at Indy but rather wanted him to give everyone a hug? That arm flipping up in that motion while giving a hug is quite awkward and possibly lead to a misunderstanding that ultimately would lead staaaaight back to the fighting.
Indy, just as the other two figures, had that weird "been sitting in storage for thirty years" stickiness to him and his accessories that was easily removed with a disinfectant wipe. Although his skin tone is somewhat "sickly" he's a good representation of the actor/character and we would have loved to have this figure when we saw the films for the first time.
His head sculpt is a bit more spot on than Indy's and really looks like Amrish Puri as Mola Ram. More so when the helmet is off and you can see his entire head.
Giant Thuggee comes with a pickaxe, a scimitar and a strap/belt type thing that the scimitar fits in nicely for storage and intimidation. He also comes with an impressive beard sculpt. Not easy to do on figures without detracting from the movement of the head which is why a lot of times figures just have beards lazily painted on the figure. Which sucks because it usually ends up looking like the figure just got finished rubbing the lower part of his face in poop.
"GIANT THUGGEE DOES NOT PUT HIS FACE IN POOP! GIANT THUGGEE HAS A BEARD!!" He wanted us to tell you that.
All in all these figures are pretty great despite their built-in play features and despite sounding salesy here, would look great on your DVD shelf if you still have such a thing.
Liz - hold up is that that dude that rips out hearts? throw him away.